Will the EU stay true to its own principles?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The EU lost credibility in 2004 for most Turks when it admitted Cyprus (meaning Greek Cyprus) as a full member, despite the overwhelming rejection by Greek Cypriots of the so called “Annan Plan,” which was the best blueprint–regardless of its shortcomings—for a solution to this problem until then

Comment(s) 7/25/2017

Turks have mixed emotions about this anniversary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

If the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 had succeeded, Turkey would be infinitely worse off today. Believing that people who were ready to bomb parliament and kill civilians without batting an eyelid would have saved our democracy is the height of naïveté.

Comment(s) 7/18/2017

Marching for justice in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

No one expects an overnight miracle after the 432-kilometer march from Ankara to Istanbul by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, in protest at the woeful state of justice in Turkey.

Comment(s) 7/11/2017

Where did all the money from the EU to Turkey go?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A recent article in the Brussels-based online newspaper EUobserver reads almost like a joke, except that there is not much to joke about in this instance

Comment(s) 7/4/2017

Erdoğan and the attempt to silence Al Jazeera

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has thrown his full weight behind Qatar and is now declaring the 13-point ultimatum that the Saudi-led coalition laid against that country to be “illegal.”

Comment(s) 6/27/2017

Paranoia and vengeance rule the roost in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey faces increasingly difficult times, and matters are set to get worse before they get better. This is not scaremongering but an assessment based on objective events - based on what is taking place in this deeply and dangerously divided country.

Comment(s) 6/20/2017

Is the Turkish judiciary really blind?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Visitors to the Greek Island of Kos will have noted a building from Roman times, facing Hippocrates’ famous plane tree and the Ottoman-era Ghazi Hasan Pasha Mosque. It bears the Latin inscription “Legum Servi Sumus” which means “We are slaves to the law.”

Comment(s) 6/13/2017

The dismal failure of Turkey’s public diplomacy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is doubtful that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards feel even an inkling of remorse over the recent public relations disaster they caused for Turkey.

Comment(s) 5/30/2017

Little progress expected from Erdoğan-Trump talks

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be at the White House on May 16 for his long-awaited face-to-face talks with President Donald Trump. All the signs are that this will not be an easy conversation

Comment(s) 5/16/2017

What did Erdoğan really get from Putin?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pleased with the results of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi last week. After his talks with Erdoğan, Putin announced that relations between the two countries “had been totally repaired.”

Comment(s) 5/9/2017

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